Both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times are reporting this morning that this weekends jail break may have been an inside job perpetrated to give political advantage to a candidate for Cook County Sheriff.
Source: Politics behind escape
February 14, 2006
BY FRANK MAIN, STEFANO ESPOSITO AND NATASHA KORECKI Staff Reporters
A Cook County Jail guard has admitted to investigators that he helped six inmates escape over the weekend to give a political advantage to a former jail supervisor running for sheriff, a law enforcement source said Monday.
The 36-year-old guard confessed that he allowed a convicted killer, two accused robbers and two others charged with aggravated kidnapping and battery to bust out of the jail to cast a shadow on Sheriff Michael Sheahan's management of the complex at 26th and California.
The guard knew the negative publicity would hurt Sheahan's chief of staff, Tom Dart, who is running for sheriff, the source said.
And the guard admitted he helped engineer the escape to give a political boost to Richard Remus, a candidate in the Democratic primary election and the former leader of the jail's Special Operations Response Team, the source said. The guard is a member of the SORT unit.
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